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Tourist arrivals in Kerala up 6.82 per cent in Jan-Mar 2019
Date: June 10,2019
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Tourist arrivals in Kerala up 6.82 per cent in Jan-Mar 2019


         Tourist arrivals in Kerala up 6.82 per cent in Jan-Mar 2019


Tourist arrivals in Kerala has increased by 6.82 per cent in the first quarter of 2019 as compared to the figures of the corresponding period in the previous year clearing showing an indications that the state has swiftly overcome the ordeal of last year’s devastating floods.

During January-March 2019, the total number of tourist arrivals (both domestic and foreign) was 46, 12,937 as compared to 43, 18,406 during the same period in 2018.

The number of domestic tourists arriving in the state was 41, 90,468 as against the figures of 38,77,712 during the corresponding period in 2018, registering an increase of 8.07 per cent.

The increase in domestic tourist footfalls, especially in Ernakulam, Alappuzha and Idukki — the districts that suffered the brunt of floods that ravaged large swathes of Kerala in August-September last year — is a pointer that the state’s tourism has recovered completely from January 2019 onwards.

In fact, Ernakulam, with an increase of 108,169 domestic tourists, registered the highest growth among the 14 districts of the state. The total number of domestic tourist arrivals in this district was pegged at 9,96,091 during January-March this year as against 8,87,922 in the corresponding period of 2018.

The districts of Idukki, Alappuzha, Kannur and Kozhikode also registered decent growth during the period. The number of domestic tourists was 3,43,938 (2,48,052 in 2018) in Idukki, 1,80,562 (1,32,442) in Alappuzha, 2,10,247 (1,84,389) in Kannur and 3,20,795 (2,76,188) in Kozhikode.

Kollam, Kottayam, Malappuram, Wayanad and Palakkad were among the other districts that registered an uptick in domestic tourist arrivals.
“Last year’s floods were unprecedented in fury and devastation and it battered large swathes of the state, affecting its infrastructure that had a bearing on the tourism sector. There was rampant apprehension that Kerala’s tourism would take a long time to recover. But we were able to allay these apprehensions by swiftly putting in place an effective action plan to win back the confidence of tourists,” said Kadakampally Surendran, Minister for Tourism, Kerala. “The uptick in domestic tourist arrivals is a strong testimony to it.”

The other districts that registered an uptick in foreign tourist arrivals were Kannur, Kasaragod, Kollam, Kozhikode, Pathanamthitta and Thrissur.

Rani George, Secretary, Kerala Tourism said the growth in domestic tourist arrivals in the first quarter of 2019 is a strong reflection of the state government’s efforts to repair the damage in double-quick time. “It sent out a message to tourists that things were fast becoming normal in the flood-ravaged Kerala. Our efforts have now handsomely paid off with steady growth in tourist arrivals, and it has reflected in the first quarter of the current year,” she added.

P. Bala Kiran, IAS, Director, Kerala Tourism said the appreciable growth in domestic tourist arrivals in the face of one of the worst natural calamities brought to the fore not only the concerted efforts of the government but also the resilience of the people and the entire stakeholders of tourism industry to revive the sector, which is a major pillar of the state’s economy.

“This May, we launched the ‘Dream Season’ campaign to woo travellers during the monsoon by combining the magic of rains, wellness tourism, especially Ayurveda treatments, and backwaters. Its impact will be seen in the second quarter of 2019,” he added.

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